Any thoughts on this sub-$800 setup?

I know there has been a lot of talk about cheap gaming rigs, but any feedback here would be great. I would like to use this to replace my current system (PIII, argh) and use it for some gaming, burning dvds, and other home management stuff (taxes, quicken, websites, etc). Would like to stay under $800 and keep it in the Intel family.

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 P965 ATX Motherboard [$139.99]
CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe Processor [$186.90]
RAM: Corsair TWIN2X2048-5400C4 2GB DDR2-675 [$150.00 after $30 MIR]
HD: WD Caviar SE 250GB SATA II w/free SATA cable [$77.00]
GPU: BFG GeForce 7600 GT OC PCI Express 256MB [$97.99 after $50 MIR]
PSU: Antec TruePower TRIO 430 430W Power Supply [$69.99]
DVD1: Liteon SH-16A7S 16X Serial ATA DVD±RW Drive [$41.80]
DVD2: LG GDR-8164BK 16X IDE DVD-ROM [$24.99]
CASE: Ultra Wizard Mid Tower (Black) [$0.00 after $40 MIR]


Subtotal $788.66
Shipping $0.00 free @ both retailers
Total $788.66

Everything was put into a list yesterday. Most stuff from ZipZoomFly, except case which comes from Frys. As a bonus, ZipZoomFly offers a free retail copy of "Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter" with the E6300. ZipZoom went out of stock today on the DS3, and BFG card. Frys no longer shows free shipping on the case. Still need a CPU cooler.
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  1. As far as CPU cooler, you should be more than ok with the stock HSF that comes with the E6300.

    NewEgg has the DS3 in stock for $133

    Heres a BFG 7600GT also from NewEgg for $93 after MIR
  2. Quote:
    I know there has been a lot of talk about cheap gaming rigs, but any feedback here would be great. I would like to use this to replace my current system (PIII, argh) and use it for some gaming, burning dvds, and other home management stuff (taxes, quicken, websites, etc). Would like to stay under $800 and keep it in the Intel family.

    MOBO: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 P965 ATX Motherboard [$139.99]
    CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe Processor [$186.90]
    RAM: Corsair TWIN2X2048-5400C4 2GB DDR2-675 [$150.00 after $30 MIR]
    HD: WD Caviar SE 250GB SATA II w/free SATA cable [$77.00]
    GPU: BFG GeForce 7600 GT OC PCI Express 256MB [$97.99 after $50 MIR]
    PSU: Antec TruePower TRIO 430 430W Power Supply [$69.99]
    DVD1: Liteon SH-16A7S 16X Serial ATA DVD±RW Drive [$41.80]
    DVD2: LG GDR-8164BK 16X IDE DVD-ROM [$24.99]
    CASE: Ultra Wizard Mid Tower (Black) [$0.00 after $40 MIR]


    Subtotal $788.66
    Shipping $0.00 free @ both retailers
    Total $788.66

    Everything was put into a list yesterday. Most stuff from ZipZoomFly, except case which comes from Frys. As a bonus, ZipZoomFly offers a free retail copy of "Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter" with the E6300. ZipZoom went out of stock today on the DS3, and BFG card. Frys no longer shows free shipping on the case. Still need a CPU cooler.


    Good job going with ZipZoomFly for the free shipping. A lot of people seem to forget that Newegg charges shipping on more than 90% of their parts.

    As for the build, the E4300 at ZipZoomFly is $178.99 and it over-clocks better than the E6300.

    For motherboards you can go with the ASUS P5B.
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=247083

    Are you set on a sub-$800 budget? Because your power supply is a rather poor choice. As a minimum I would recommend this:
    [url=http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=270402Enermax 535W 34A total 12volt rail

    But really an OCZ GameXStream 600 would be best.

    Everything else looks sharp though.
  3. Quote:
    As far as CPU cooler, you should be more than ok with the stock HSF that comes with the E6300.

    NewEgg has the DS3 in stock for $133

    Heres a BFG 7600GT also from NewEgg for $93 after MIR


    ZipZoomFly offers free shipping so his original 7600GT is a cheaper choice.
  4. Quote:
    As far as CPU cooler, you should be more than ok with the stock HSF that comes with the E6300.

    NewEgg has the DS3 in stock for $133

    Heres a BFG 7600GT also from NewEgg for $93 after MIR


    ZipZoomFly offers free shipping so his original 7600GT is a cheaper choice.

    But he says its out of stock
  5. All, wow, thanks for the replies.

    NamelessMC, Additional thanks on the suggestions. I'm a little flexble with the budget and that PSU looks good. The SLI cert is a bonus... but do you think it would work on the 965 chipset motherboard? I see the description states, " ATX 12V V2.0 : Support latest P4 Prescott and Athlon 64/64 FX processors based systems: P4 main boards that use 875 (Canterwood) and 865 (Springdale) chipsets, and also fully support power requirements for platforms using chipsets like Intel 925 (Alderwood) or 915 (Grantsdale) and next generation CPU.Intel approved".

    My decision to use Zip is also based on not being charged tax by default (Newegg has a facility in NJ) ;^)
  6. Quote:
    All, wow, thanks for the replies.

    NamelessMC, Additional thanks on the suggestions. I'm a little flexble with the budget and that PSU looks good. The SLI cert is a bonus... but do you think it would work on the 965 chipset motherboard? I see the description states, " ATX 12V V2.0 : Support latest P4 Prescott and Athlon 64/64 FX processors based systems: P4 main boards that use 875 (Canterwood) and 865 (Springdale) chipsets, and also fully support power requirements for platforms using chipsets like Intel 925 (Alderwood) or 915 (Grantsdale) and next generation CPU.Intel approved".

    My decision to use Zip is also based on not being charged tax by default (Newegg has a facility in NJ) ;^)


    While Newegg's facility is also in New Jersey, I believe most of their sales are out of California.

    Their cases will most likely ship out of New Jersey. (Every case I've ordered from them has shipped from New Jersey)

    However, you're right, going with ZipZoomFly guarantees a California based transaction.

    As for the power supply, if you're truly flexible, then I recommend the OCZ GameXStream 600. It's just over $100, has a $20 rebate and has the best stats out of any of the power-supplies in that budget range.
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